UMES FALLS IN RAIN-SHORTENED DOUBLEHEADER TO CORNELL
March 2, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Fighting the rain, the Hawks fell in the doubleheader against Cornell 15-4 in game one and 7-0 (5) in the second contest, falling to 0-9 on the year, while the Big Red go to 2-0.
In the first inning of game one, after a runner reached on an error with two outs, Chris Cruz hit a two-run home run off Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (0-3) to give the Big Red a 2-0 lead.
Cornell added four runs in the second, capped by a three-run triple by Brian Billigen, to go up 6-0.
In the bottom half of that inning, James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) and Franklin Armstrong (Trenton, N.J.) got on base with a single and walk respectively, getting to second and third on a balk. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) brought them home on a single for his fourth and fifth RBI of the year. Three batters later, Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) drove home Wylie on an RBI single, cutting the deficit to three at 6-3 Cornell.
That is the closest UMES got as Cornell scored seven runs in the third, including three run-scoring doubles, for a 13-2 lead.
Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) came in to pitch during the third inning, eventually finishing the game for UMES. The sophomore allowed just three runs in the final seven innings, striking out five batters in a solid relief effort.
After the Big Red scored a run in the sixth and one more in the ninth, Wylie led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. Two batters later, Thomas Grey (Delmar, Del.) got his first hit as a Hawk, hitting a single through the hole on the right side to score Wylie and get UMES a fourth run. The Hawks could not make up the deficit as Cornell won game one 15-4.
Foreman got the loss with two innings thrown with 10 earned runs. Connor Kaufmann (1-0) earned the win, throwing five innings in his start with three runs allowed. Jeeter Ishida picked up a save, throwing the final four innings with one run surrendered.
In game two, the Big Red struck first with two runs including a pair of doubles for a 2-0 advantage.
James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (0-1) pitched a strong three innings for UMES with two strikeouts. But in the fourth, Brenton Peters hit a three-run doubles, followed by a Marhsall Yenzick RBI single off Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) to give the visiting team a 6-0 lead.
UMES could not score against the hard-throwing Brent Jones (1-0), who threw all five innings with six strikeouts. Cornell scored another run in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.
Due to the rain, the game was called after five innings due to heavy rain, giving the Big Red a 7-0 win.
Newsome hit safely in each game, now having a hit in eight of nine games this season, with a run scored. Wylie reached base four times, going 2-for-4 with a pair of walks, runs and RBI. Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) went 2-for-4 in the first game, reaching base on a hit by pitch in the later game.
UMES will rematch against Cornell on Sunday for a noon doubleheader at Hawks Stadium.